Things to do in London this Friday

It's time to clock off, wind down and get your weekend on. Here's our pick of the best places to sate that Friday feeling

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Fantastic ideas for things to do on a Friday, just in case you've left it to the last minute, plus the best entertainment, nightlife and events happening in London this Friday. The weekend starts here...

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  • Malaysia Night

    Trafalgar Square will give itself over to Malaysia Night for the fifth year in 2014, hosting a night market that will introduce Londoners to the delights of Malaysia. Visitors will be able to see, smell and sample treats from the country from a variety of traditional producers. More than 20 of the UK's best Malaysian eateries will be offering up authentic, mouth-watering satay, laksa (spicy noodle soup), char kway teow (stir-fried flat noodle), rendang (intensely spicy meat dish), nasi goreng (fried rice) and apam balik (turnover pancake). There'll be plenty of entertainment too, by artists who've specially flown in for the night, including dancers, drummers, musicians and even fruit carvers.

    Trafalgar Square, Sep 26

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  • Natural History Museum Late

    A monthly late opening of the museum and temporary exhibitions, with free entry to the Central Hall and Images of Nature gallery, changing discussions on timely themes, open-mic performances by up-and-coming musicians throughout the evening, and British farmers’-market-style food and drink in the pop-up restaurant. Themes for each monthly discussion change; see the museum website for details of forthcoming discussions, which are bookable in advance.

    Natural History Museum, Sep 26

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  • The Hydra: 2014 Series

    It’s not easy running a club night in London, as Dolan Bergin and Ajay Jayaram – the minds behind The Hydra club nights – can testify. They’ve spent 18 months securing and rebuilding a new venue to house their latest run of 18 genre-straddling parties, soundtracked by scene-leading DJs. The result is Studio Spaces E1. Located on an industrial stretch between Shadwell and Wapping, the 1,300-capacity venue is a high-end photographic studio by day and a home for The Hydra’s low-frequency bliss by night: sketchy warehouse clubbing, this is not.

    Studio Spaces E1, Sep 26

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  • The Art of the Brick

    It's quite likely that you spent hours playing with Lego as a child. It's also possible that you are about to wish you'd kept going. Former corporate lawyer turned master of tiny bricks, Nathan Sawaya never stopped. His touring show 'The Art of the Brick' has visited Asia, America and Australia and is now making its way to Brick Lane (where else?) for its UK debut at the Old Truman Brewery. Collectively the artworks, which are all made of Lego, took a painstaking 4,188 hours to build. Sawaya's colourful large-scale sculptures include recreations of famous artworks such as Da Vinci's Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo as well as many original pieces including a six-metre long T-Rex skeleton constructed from over 80,000 bricks.

    Old Truman Brewery, until Jan 4 2015

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  • The Libertines

    After a reunion in Hyde Park earlier this year, Carl Barât and Pete Doherty's bunch of grungy indie roughnecks will be taking to the stage on three consecutive nights at Ally Pally. This is their first full-scale reunion since they broke up a decade ago, so it looks as though the well-publicised animosity between the band's members seems to have cooled – although it's kind of a strange time for them to get together again, with Barat's new band, The Jackals, just beginning to mount their own musical campaign. Whatever the circumstances, you can be sure that these shows will be a blessing for the legions of eternal Libertines fans, who most certainly can still stand them now.

    Alexandra Palace, until Sep 28

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Malaysia Night

Trafalgar Square will give itself over to Malaysia Night for the fifth year in 2014, hosting a night market that will introduce Londoners to the delights of Malaysia. Visitors will be able to see, smell and sample treats from the country from a variety of traditional producers. More than 20 of the UK's best Malaysian eateries will be offering up authentic, mouth-watering satay, laksa (spicy noodle soup), char kway teow (stir-fried flat noodle), rendang (intensely spicy meat dish), nasi goreng (fried rice) and apam balik (turnover pancake). There'll be plenty of entertainment too, by artists who've specially flown in for the night, including dancers, drummers, musicians and even fruit carvers.

Trafalgar Square, Sep 26

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